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Seth Andrews' Rebuttal to "10 Women Christian Men Shouldn't Marry" (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Jan 22. 13 Replies

It seems as though some numb-nuts New York pastor by the name of Stephen Kim has written two marriage advice pieces for christian men and women.  Not surprisingly, his suggestions come straight out of his never-fail magic book.  Seth Andrews of The…Continue

Tags: advice, marriage, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Stephen Kim

Living in the Answers

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Patricia Jan 18. 13 Replies

I am weary of those who declare they understand all the answers to the creation of the universe and Earth. They claim they know the answers to the questions of life, meaning, death, and the afterlife. Those with all the answer speak with confidence,…Continue

Tags: confidence, education, government, family, afterlife

Twin terrorists caught

Started by Patricia. Last reply by Patricia Jan 11. 7 Replies

Canada: twin terrorists caught before going to Mideast Saturday, January 10, 2015 By Martin Barillas L-R: Carlos and Ashton Larmond The Royal Canadian Mounted Police arrested and charged a pair of 24-year-old identical twin brothers on…Continue

Betty Bowers Best of 2014

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jan 4. 33 Replies

Happy New Year, everyone!  Now that we're off on another 365-day stint of sniping at believers, leave it to America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, to sum up the year past from her holier-than-EVERYBODY point of view! Have You had YOUR Betty today?!?Continue

Tags: 2014, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Christmas: Behind the Curtain (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by booklover Dec 28, 2014. 23 Replies

Well, it's that time of year again.  Time to gird our loins, put on our battle armor and join the (dah-dah DAAAAAH!) WAR AGAINST CHRISTMAS!!! [groan!] Yeah, most of us have heard that crap before, probably too many times, in fact, how atheists are…Continue

Tags: Christmas, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

Seth Andrews - The Copycats: How Christianity Steals The Best Ideas

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Dec 24, 2014. 11 Replies

Many of us have observed or learned how christianity shamelessly borrows from other sources to bolster its position and show off its supposed wonderfulness.  Well, Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist podcast has compiled some of the more modern-day…Continue

Tags: steal, borrow, copycat, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 10, 2013 at 5:26pm

I ain't never seen people talk that way before other then me.  Is their a problem with that? 

Comment by booklover on July 10, 2013 at 5:00pm

Also, it says bath instead of bathe.  I used to have a friend that always said she would "bath" the kids.  It was really hard to bite my tongue.

Comment by booklover on July 10, 2013 at 4:59pm

Who would think this is a good idea?!!!!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2013 at 11:40am

No idea, Chris. I just know that I love his work, from The Star Beast to Stranger in a Strange Land to Time Enough for Love and even works like Starship Troopers, which is a lot harder to take and process because of the philosophy being put forward.

You may like Robert Heinlein or you may hate him, but it's hard to be indifferent about his work, because he will make you THINK, he will make you evaluate what you think and why. For that reason and many others, he has earned the moniker: Dean of Science-Fiction.

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2013 at 11:27am

Let's guess, Loren; a xtian in the committee?

Comment by booklover on July 10, 2013 at 10:29am

I'll give it a whirl Chris.  Thanks for the suggestion!

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2013 at 9:54am

Said it before, will say it again: Job should have been Heinlein's fifth Hugo Award winner ... and I would like to know why it wasn't.

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2013 at 9:40am

not just about him, Melinda. Heinlein's books are very enjoyable. I couldn't stop laughing when I read ´Job´.

Comment by booklover on July 10, 2013 at 9:35am

sk8eycat, that is SO awesome!  How neat!  I will have to read more about him. :)

Glad you liked the picture Ian!

Comment by sk8eycat on July 9, 2013 at 9:33pm

Mindy, Robert Heinlein is (still) a hero not only to Science Fiction fans but to people who are passionate about space exploration, any science field, and clear thinking.  There's some overlap in those fields.  He was a true gentleman and a scholar. I once sent him a fan letter (it wasn't very "fannish"), and I was astonished that he answered it himself.  I stayed in touch via his wife, Ginny, for the rest of his life, and then when I got a computer with a modem, I exchanged cat and skating gossip with her till a few months before she died.  I loved them as much as I loved my own parents...and learned a lot from both of them.

Loren: That is SO true!  I've been reading comments about that 777 crash in San Francisco, and a LOT of dummies were writing that what a "miracle" it is that "only" 2 passengers died. I finally got fed up and wrote that the families and friends of those 2 young women probably don't think it was a miracle.

Patricia: I'm relieved that you finally learned something, but I think somebody should have had the manners to answer your e-mails a lot sooner....knowing how concerned you were and everything.  :>/

Flying A: Hmmmmm... when I'm feeling super-lazy (in hot weather) I'm inclined not to wear anything.  An UGLY sight!

KTHXBAI I'm gonna go check the pool!  We finally found a service company that does a decent job...almost impossible anymore.

 

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